The imam at the forefront of the proposed Ground Zero mosque in New York says that homosexuality is mainly caused by emotional or sexual abuse. During one of his frequent online lectures, Abdallah Adhami, 44, stated that being gay was a “painful trial” which results from past trauma. He went on to say that;
“An enormously overwhelming percentage of people struggle with homosexual feeling because of some form of violent emotional or sexual abuse at some point in their life. A small, tiny percentage of people are born with a natural inclination that they cannot explain. You find this in the animal kingdom at some level as well.”
According to the New York Post, Adhami also said that Muslims who leave Islam and preach their new faith should be jailed.
“If you look over the Koran from cover to cover, you literally have the right to reject God’s message. The only thing you do not have the right to do is spread this conviction, lest you, quote-unquote, ‘pollute’ others. If someone leaves the din, leaves the path privately, they cannot be touched. If someone preaches about apostasy or preaches their views, they’re jailed . . . Many jurists have said they have to be killed.”
Adhami joined the Park51 project this month. It is a planned 13-story Muslim community center to be located two blocks from the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. For the most part, the building will be open to the general public and it has been stated that the centre will promote interfaith dialogue. It will contain a Muslim prayer space that has controversially been referred to as the ‘Ground Zero mosque, but backers insist that the centre is designed to be;
“a platform for multi-faith dialogue, to promote inter-community peace, tolerance and understanding locally in New York City, nationally in America, and globally”.